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Year of the King

Year of the King

By Antony Sher
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854597533, 256 pages, September 2004


A classic of theatre writing, a unique insight into the creation of a landmark Shakespearian performance.

Antony Sher's stunning performance for the Royal Shakespeare Company as Richard III on crutches - the so-called 'bottled spider' - won him both the Laurence Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Actor. This book records - in the actor's own words and drawings - the making of this historic theatrical event.

This edition of Year of the King is published on the twentieth anniversary of the RSC's 1984 production. It includes a new introduction in which Sher looks back at what has happened to him and to the world in the intervening years.


"One of the finest books I have ever read on the process of acting. "

- Time Out

"A brilliant, compulsive account. "

- Guardian

"A most wonderfully authentic account of the experience of creating a performance. "

- The Sunday Times